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Beatrix Callard MNCN Graduate
Beatrix Callard: MNCN Class of 2017 Graduate
Thu, 20 Dec 2018 - 15:00

Beatrix has learnt a lot in the past two years and feels as though she will be able to take back a new set of tools and understanding to her previous post in the Maternity Unit at Windhoek Central Hospital in Namibia. For Beatrix, the MNCN course at UCT has both been a challenging and rewarding experience – believing that the thorough process of the modules in the course have given her a better understanding of her role as a Paediatric Advanced Practice Nurse.

Evelyne Mvungu MNCN Graduate
Evelyne Mvungu: MNCN Class of 2017 Graduate
Thu, 20 Dec 2018 - 15:00

Despite the challenge of being far away from her family in the past two years, Evelyne believes that she will be taking back all the valuable lessons that she has learnt over this time. When she returns to Kenya, Evelyne will head up the Neonatal Unit at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital. However, she is still keen on being involved with clinical nurse education and helping shape the way in which nurses operate in this healthcare setting.

Thobeka Duma MNCN Graduate
Thobeka Duma: MNCN Class of 2017 Graduate
Thu, 20 Dec 2018 - 15:00

Thobeka believes that the MNCN course has broadened her career horizons as an Advanced Practice Nurse. Thobeka has always been passionate about neonates, but through her experiences of this course, she has a newfound interest in the field of paediatrics and plans on exploring this when returning to her setting of KwaZulu-Natal. As part of the programme she developed an evidence based practice protocol for the use of high-flow oxygen as a supportive intervention at local district hospital level.

Virginia Ngugi MNCN Graduate
Virginia Ngugi: MNCN Class of 2017 Graduate
Thu, 20 Dec 2018 - 15:00

Virginia believes that having effective competency in communication, research, leadership, and education is key to leading practice change as an Advanced Practice Nurse. Through the MNCN course, Virginia is certain that she is well-equipped to take on any new role and to develop strategies to teach and train others. She also plans on using research and evidence to help improve the policy and clinical practice on the ground in her healthcare setting.

Candice Bonaconsa Madagascar 2018
Third Consecutive Madagascar Outreach Programme 2018
Mon, 26 Nov 2018 - 15:00

For the third consecutive year, Candice Bonaconsa and her husband – in connection with Common Ground Church – led a team of seven volunteers with varied healthcare and educational backgrounds to Madagascar for a short-term outreach programme.

This year, the focus was on three areas, namely a therapeutic program, manufacturing devices for children with disabilities, and a two-day CPD workshop for Nurse Anaesthetists:

THET Conference
THET Conference 2018
Mon, 05 Nov 2018 - 17:45

Natasha North represented CNPDI at the Tropical Health Education Trust (THET) Conference in London last month. She presented an abstract entitled “Building the children’s nursing workforce for Africa, in Africa: sustaining and growing capacity through education, research and system strengthening”.

Windhoek Namibia Visit September 2018
Congenital Cardiac Surgical Outreach at Windhoek Central Hospital, Namibia
Mon, 05 Nov 2018 - 12:30

Johnathan Muller-Stuurman was invited by the Namibian Ministry of Health on behalf of Dr Fenny Shidikha (an ex APFP Paediatric Cardiology Fellow from Namibia) to provide support to the Nursing staff in the (Adult) Cardiac Critical Care Unit.

4th SA Forum for Child Nurse Educators
The 4th SA Forum for Child Nurse Educators holds value for all participants
Fri, 27 Jul 2018 - 20:15

Last week, the 4th SA Forum for Child Nurse Educators was held at the UCT Medical School. This forum first took place in 2014 as a way in which child nurse educators in South Africa could get to know each other and understand each other’s approaches. Since then, it has become a time in which these educators can develop their teaching techniques and learn valuable lessons from each other.

Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative wins Prestigious Global Health Impact Award
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 - 17:15

We are proud to announce UCT’s Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative (CNPDI) Critical Care education team as winners of the 2018 Burdett Nursing Award: Global Health Impact. Run in partnership with the University of Cape Town and the Red Cross Children’s Hospital – Africa’s premier training centre – this nomination recognises the team’s outstanding contribution to the development of paediatric nursing across the continent.

Paediatric Fellowship Programme Gets International Air-Time
Thu, 01 Mar 2018 - 13:30

UCT’s African Paediatric Fellowship Programme (APFP) recently featured on a CNN’s Inside Africa show. Established in 2007 and based in UCT’s Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, the APFP was created to transfer specialised skills to healthcare professionals across Africa, particularly those in areas where resources for such training are hard to come by. Through the APFP, practitioners gain fundamental training in focused paediatric areas.

Pillars of Practice: The 3rd Biennial Building Children's Nursing for Africa Conference 2017
Mon, 10 Apr 2017 - 14:00

March, 28 - 30 2017 saw the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative, in collaboration with the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital (Western Cape Government) hold the third biennial Building Children's Nursing for Africa conference. This year the theme was "Pillars of Practice'. 

Mr Hillary Lubuto from Lusaka School of Nursing, Zambia, visits CNPDI
Continuing Our Partnership with Zambia
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 - 09:45

Mr Hillary Lubuto, a lecturer at the Lusaka School of Nursing, Zambia, became the most recent member of the team from Lusaka to spend time with the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative in Cape Town through a three week educator internship visit in February.

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